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WHO Adds Cell Phones to Long List of Potential Carcinogens: Now What?

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WHO Adds Cell Phones to Long List of Potential Carcinogens: Now What?

WHO Adds Cell Phones to Long List of Potential Carcinogens: Now What?

In May, the World Health Organization announced that it had added cell phone radiation to a long list of possible cancer-causing agents.

But with no new evidence to point to – the 31-scientist team worked exclusively off previously published data – many people are wondering just how much credence they should put in the new classification. Should we limit cell phone use in children, or switch to hands-free devices? Or was the WHO simply acting out of caution, and worrying, at this point, is premature?

To learn more, we spoke to URMC neurosurgeon and oncologist Dr. Kevin A. Walter, who directs the program for brain and spinal tumors at URMC.

In the clip below, Dr. Walter stresses that the WHO’s new classification only suggests atheoretical link, not any actual causation or risk. He says we’d make much better use of our time and resources if we instead focused on other real and rampant health concerns, like heart disease, diabetes or obesity.

To learn more, just play the clip below.


*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center


University of Rochester Medical Center

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